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What is a Fuzzball?

  • One question I hear more than any other is What's a Fuzzball??" Allow me to explain:

    A Fuzzball is a 30-year-old fallen debutante who lives in Houston, TX with a bossy dog and an even bossier parrot who she SWEARS is the reincarnation of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    A Fuzzball prefers animals to most people, because people can really suck sometimes.

    A Fuzzball loves music, ALL music ALL of the time. If she's not listening to it, then she's singing it.

    A Fuzzball has a mad love for all things British, especially their actors.

    A Fuzzball is blissfully happy in a bookstore, preferably one with good music playing in the background. If you look under a Fuzzball's bed you'll usually find an entire library of books that she has dropped there after falling asleep reading.

    Fuzzballs are usually incurable romantics, ridiculously optimistic, and bent on making the world a happier place.

    Your typical Fuzzball will probably have a completely bizarre sense of humor. Just go with it, it will take you to funny places.

    You should also be aware that Fuzzballs are giant nerds. Seriously. Science fiction, computers, the whole shebang.

    Fuzzballs are also budding photographers. They love looking at the world through a lens and finding new ways to be creative.

    Oh...and you can also look for a Fuzzball in one of the best movies ever made. ;)

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Arcane Gazebo

Music is great and all, but I have to think Plato is overstating the case. I mean, the essence of order? You know what would make more sense in that Plato quote? Math. Math is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful. Yeah, that's better.

1. Name one equation you hate to admit you like.

The wave equation. It may be common and, in the minds of some, boring, but I like it... it's got a sense of familiarity, like a security blanket.

2. Name two equations that always make you cry.

There was this horrendous equation in my solid state class for conductance or something like that, but I can't remember the name of it. Anyway, it gave me nightmares. Also, the Euler-Lagrange equation, because of the memories. She and I used to solve it together... *sob*

3. Name three equations that turn you on.

The Dirac equation is really sexy, and Maxwell's equations expressed in relativistic four-vector notation have a very simple, symmetrical beauty. Oh, and Navier-Stokes -- there's just something about fluid mechanics.

4. Name four mathematical symbols that always make you feel good.

From the Greek alphabet, lowercase eta (which just looks interesting) and lowercase phi (which is fun to draw). I find the integral sign very elegant. I'm always happy to see the lazy-eight symbol for infinity, cause infinity's just so cool.

5. Name five math books you couldn't ever do without.

Definitely the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, and the Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas. Tommy I and II, of course. And even though it's not a book, Mathworld.



That is my disapproving silence.

Arcane Gazebo

You disapprove? But you were the one who told us to embrace nerdiness...


Travis. It is a completely different issue! You can love music and still be a nerd! I worry about a man with no music in his heart...

And by the way, just what do you supposed cognitive psychologists are discovering about music and math?

Arcane Gazebo

Oh, I imagine they're discovering that music and math are closely related in the brain, and so forth, thus proving that it should be perfectly acceptable to post a comment about math in a thread about music.

(The real issue being that my music tastes are far too embarrassing to discuss in public.)


Give me a break...this is what embarasses you? Music tastes? Give it up, Hime, or be gone with you!

Arcane Gazebo

Oh yes. When I go on dates I'm always terrified of the subject of music coming up. It's a problem.


Travis. Seriously. Tell me. This is ridiculous.

Arcane Gazebo

My music tastes are in fact so embarrassing that it is better for me to talk about how embarrassing they are without revealing them, thereby causing you to imagine that I like the crappiest, least-talented artists you can imagine, rather than actually telling you what they are.


YOU ARE A FREAK. Listen, with the exception of gangster rap and really syrupy country I like EVERY KIND OF MUSIC THERE IS, so there isn't anything you can say that is going to sound stupid. If you're going to be such a pill about saying it in public then at least email them to me, because now this is driving me CRAZY.

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